Six Unusual Chromebook Tips & Tricks You May Not Know About

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Use the following tips and tricks to get the most out of your Chromebook

Over the years, laptops have quickly fed into the desktop market, becoming the most preferred PC version that most people want to have. And why not? Anyway, it’s great to be able to bring all your computers with you instead of being chained to your desk with them. And when it comes to laptops, it can not be denied that some of the hottest and most genre-defines are Chromebooks known as “thin client” notebooks.

But what exactly is a Chromebook? Many manufacturers make Chromebooks (ASUS, HP, Lenovo) but their own Chromebook concept is invented by Google, which makes it your own Chromebook-the Pixel. Chromebooks are referred to as “thin client” notebooks because they rely largely on constant internet connections – or are technically a connection to the millions of “internet” servers – to get things done.

Chromebooks run Chrome OS, which is basically Google’s Chrome web browser in the form of an OS. On Chromebooks most of your files online through Google services like Drive, Photos, Docs, and more and you only access them using Chrome OS on Chromebook devices. Without an Internet connection, Chromebooks can not access a lot of data, so they are very limited in use.

But with the Chromebook’s internet connection it may be all 95% of the population’s needs. And whether you’re using a Chromebook or thinking about getting it, you can bring your Chromebook experience to mx with these tips and tricks.

1. Talk to your Chromebook

This may be my favorite Chromebook tip – because it really reflects where the future human-computer interaction is going. You may be familiar with Google’s “Google Now” voice assistant on smartphones, but did you know that Google Now is supported on your Chromebook? You just need to enable it. To do so, open the Settings dialog and under the title check the box marked Enable “OK Google” to start a voice search.

2. Learn your Chromebook’s keyboard shortcuts

If you’re looking at a Chromebook keyboard, you’ll see there are some differences from a regular laptop keyboard. Primarily, it has a Search button instead of a caps lock key. Because the keyboards are different, the Chromebook posts some different keyboard shortcuts. To find all the keyboard shortcuts specific to your Chromebook press Ctrl + Alt +? And a keyboard shortcut key map will appear on your screen. Alternately, hold Alt, Ctrl, Shift or Search to see the shortcuts associated with each button.

3. Save the file to Google Drive

All Chromebooks have limited storage to store files locally on your device, but the true advantage of Chromebooks is present when using them with cloud services to store files. By default, Chromebook will store files locally, but you can set up your Chromebook to always save files to Google Drive in the cloud by going to settings and clicking “Show advanced settings”.

Under the Downloads heading, click Change, then select your Google Drive and click the Open button. Finally, go back to the Settings screen, uncheck the box saying “Ask where to save each file before download” and the next time you save the file it will automatically be saved to Drive.

4. Use Google Drive offline

Most people think you should have an internet connection to create, edit, and save Google Docs on your Chromebook. However, you can actually work with all Google Drive documents while your Chromebook is offline-you just have to enable this feature. Do this by opening the My Drive view in Google Drive, then click the gear icon and click Settings. Then check the box labeled “Sync Google Docs, Sheets, Slides & Drawings files to this computer” next to the Offline header. There are now changes made to your document when your Chromebook is offline synced automatically when you next have an internet connection.

5. Use your smartphone to unlock Chrome OS

One of my favorite tricks is to use your smartphone to authenticate yourself and sign in to your Chromebook automatically instead of having to enter your password at any time. To set this go to the Settings page then click “Show advanced settings”. In the Smart Lock option, click Set up. Next you will pair your Chromebook to phone via Bluetooth. Once this is done when your phone is within reach of your Chromebook, you just have to click the avatar of Chromebook users to sign in.

6. Mirror the look of your Chromebook with Chromecast

As the name implies, Chromebooks are only present in the laptop form factor. But what if you want a bigger look? Do not worry, if you also put your Chromecast into your local TV, you can instantly display your Chromebook display on television. To do so simply click the status bar in the lower right corner of your Chromebook’s screen. Select the Chromecast option and choose Chromecast from the list. Now your view will be mirrored to the TV connected to your selected Chromecast.

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